A First Ever for the Juneau Campus
At least 1500 people joined Governor Bill Walker and Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott at the Governor’s Annual Picnic on a sunny Friday August 14 in the Mourant Courtyard. Walker and his wife Donna and Mallott and his wife Toni served up more than 1500 hot dogs and 300 pounds of salmon generously donated by Alaska Glacier Seafoods and Taku Smokeries. “We were thrilled to be hosting this non-partisan event and celebrate Juneau as Alaska’s capital city,” remarked Chancellor Rick Caulfield.
It was the first time the event was held on the UAS Auke Lake campus and may have kicked off a tradition. “Reports are that the Governor’s Office would like UAS to be the regular venue for this community event,” Caulfield wrote in a memo to staff and faculty. “I think that’s an exciting idea—what better way to invite so many in the Juneau community, including our state’s top political leaders, to experience and enjoy our campus. My sincere appreciation to all who worked to make this community engagement opportunity a huge success.”
More than 200 volunteers helped put the event together, led by the Juneau Chamber of Commerce. “I have heard nothing but praise for the event,” said organizer and former Juneau mayor Bruce Botelho. “I’m particularly grateful for the effort that UAS and its staff put into making the campus an outstanding venue. I am so proud of the way everyone worked together to make this a memorable event for the governor and his administration. The governor’s picnic is such a great opportunity to connect state leadership with our community in a non-partisan way. It couldn’t have happened without you.”